Healthy Lives Families Update - easter activities, MMR vaccine reminder, support for parents of under 5's and new parenting app!

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The Healthy Lives Team Families update contains helpful information and activities for your whole school community


This is the FAMILIES newsletter from The Healthy Lives Team. Each Friday we share relevant information, activities and resources to support your ongoing health and wellbeing.

The HEALTHY LIVES TEAM supports schools, pupils and families with everything to do with health and wellbeing. We want to help you to live fitter, healthier and happier lives.

We now have a Healthy Lives Team webpage where you can find out more about the team and access Healthy Schools resources and all our archived newsletters.


Tower Hamlets Easter Holiday Activities Programme 2022

Are you looking for something to do with your family over the Easter Break? Look no more! Tower Hamlets Council will be hosting and delivering a whole host of activities for you and your family over the Easter Break. Tower Hamlets Council has brought together a range of
organisations offering free fun activities and a meal this Easter and places are available for children in reception up to Year 11. 

Click here for main listings >

Easter activities >


MMR vaccine reminder

The MMR vaccine protects against three infections: measles, mumps and rubella. One in 10 children under the age of 5 in England haven’t had one or both of their MMR vaccines which means that measles importations could lead to outbreaks.

Measles can infect around 9 out of 10 non-immune (those who are unvaccinated or have not previously been infected with the measles virus) people exposed to it and can lead to serious complications. The MMR vaccine is the safest and most effective way for parents and guardians to protect their children against measles, mumps and rubella.

Now, parents and guardians are being encouraged to ensure their children are vaccinated against MMR, and if they can’t remember if their child is up to date to check his or her Red Book (personal child health record).

Parents or guardians of children who are not up to date with their two doses of MMR vaccine should contact their GP practice to book an appointment. It’s never too late to catch up. Protect your child with both MMR vaccines.  Contact your GP practice to book their first or second dose.

 Find out more here >


Do you have a child under 5?

Is your child under 5? You may be entitled to government help with childcare costs, to give your little ones the chance to learn and play. We’ve all faced disruption over the last couple of years, and getting the support you’re entitled to can help make sure your child is ready for the next stage. You can also save money and get some time back to rest, work or study. 

Find out more here >


New free parenting app

Parenting charity, Best Beginnings, has launched a new free app to help parents give their child the best start in life. Baby Buddy 2.0 provides bite-sized information and advice from pregnancy, to birth, to their babies first year. 

It has birth planning tools, a personal child health record for growth, vaccinations, appointments and other development milestones and daily personalised content for mums, dads and non-birthing co-parents. With information available 24/7, the Baby Buddy app echoes midwife advice and guidance, endorsed by health professionals and approved by the NHS.

Parents in North East London can now access extra, localised information from their local maternity unit. When joining the app, parents due to give birth at The Royal London Hospital, Newham University Hospital, Homerton University Hospital, Whipps Cross Hospital and Queen’s Hospital will have access to additional information regarding their maternity unit.

 Download here >

And remember...


"If I have seen further than others, it is by standing upon the shoulders of giants."

Isaac Newton

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The Healthy Lives Team

The Healthy Lives Team want to support you with all aspects of health and wellbeing. We will be sending you regular newsletters that will be relevant whether you are at school, work, or at home.

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We are incredibly proud in Tower Hamlets to have supported schools to gain more Healthy Schools awards than any other borough in London. So please use this newsletter in whatever way suits you best to stay as fit and healthy as possible.

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Take care,

The Healthy Lives team at London Borough of Tower Hamlets.

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